Synopses & Reviews
The guru of high technology and a man whose "slightest utterance can move stocks" (The Wall Street Journal)
presents a clear, cogent vision of the future of telecommunications; what it will mean in our everyday lives; and how savvy investors can get on the bandwagon today.
With his books (including the groundbreaking Microcosm), top-selling newsletter, testimony before Congress, and annual Telecosm conferences, George Gilder has become the premier prophet of bandwidth and connectivity. In this revised version of Telecosm, Gilder takes technology buffs and investors on a mind-bending tour inside the worldwide webs of glass and light, explaining how fiber optics and wireless breakthroughs are pushing new technologies and new companies to the fore.
Newt Gingrich The Washington Times George Gilder's new book Telecosm will become "must reading" for everyone who wants to know what comes after the computer-Internet revolution.
David Gelernter National Review Over the last decade hundreds of books have investigated this fast-changing landscape-which underlies the future of the Internet, the web, and computers in general, of phones and TV and communication and culture; Gilder's is one of two or three that are indispensable...Telecosm is one of the best technology books I have ever read.
The Economist Even sceptics would do well to read Telecosm...Mr. Gilder's messianic intensity and relentless optimism exert a grip on the reader that never lets go. You may not understand everything in Telecosm, but it may change your mind in unexpected ways.
Blair Levin The Washington Monthly The book is a masterful, and highly readable, review of the science, technology, and companies that are changing the landscape of communications...Gilder's overview of the emerging landscape is the best I've read.
Edward Rothstein The New York Times If, for some, Mr. Gilder's pronouncements have the weight of Scripture, it is not just because they promise untold this-worldly benefits...Forget the mundane: in the new age, cloaked in wings of light, we Gilderites will dwell in telecosmic utopia.
Gilder takes technology buffs and investors on a tour inside the world wide webs of glass and light, explaining how fibre optics and wireless breakthroughs are pushing new technologies and new companies to the fore.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Abundance and Scarcity
Part One: New Light
1. Maxwell's Rainbow
2. The Imperial Science
3. Enter the Laser
4. The Light-Speed Limit
Part Two: The New Paradigm
5. The Road to the Fibersphere
6. The Collapse of the Seven Layers
7. The Law of the Telecosm
8. The Wireless New World
9. The Satellite Ethersphere
10. The Coming of Component Software
11. The Storewidth Paradigm
Part Three: Revolt Against Abundance
12. Betting Against Bandwidth
13. Tilting Against Monsters
Part Four: The Triumphal Telecosm
14. The Rise of a Paradigm Star
15. Deluge of Dumb Bandwidth
16. Searching for a New Intel
17. The TeraBeam Era
Part Five: The Meaning of the Light
18. The Lifespan Limit
19. The Point of Light
Afterword: The Twenty Laws of the Telecosm
Appendix A. A List of Telecosm Players
Appendix B. Nine Stars of the Telecosm
Appendix C. The Telecosm Glossary